Oct 1, 2012 6:00pm EDT
but they really break down into two cases. first, challenges involving the federal defense of marriage act, a key provision defines marriage for all federal purposes as between a man and a woman. and then the second set involves california's proposition 8. that proposition bannedded same sex marriage in california. >> brown: wading into an area where states are voting all the time on. >> absolutely. railroad referendums on a number of state ballots involving same sex marriage. >> brown: just a couple of other cases we might see. civil rights. voting rights act of 1965. >> yes. there are challenges to what is considered the crown jewel of the civil rights movement. section 5 of the 1965 voting rights act requires jurisdictions that have a history of past discrimination in voting to get pre-approval from the justice department or a federal court in washington whenever they make changes in their voting practices. that secon... that section is bg challenged in two cases although the court hasn't said it would review them. also we may see section 5 being challenged in cases involving voter i.d. laws.
Oct 1, 2012 5:30pm EDT
the revolution. it has lost control over major urban centers. it's very much on the defensive and this is its way of striking back i think by targeting every government that supports political change in syria as supporters of terror. >> now, you're working very closely with various members of the opposition. there's been a lot of drift simple that they lacked unity. we're not quite sure who they are yet. do you think that they're ready for government yet? >> there is still a significant level of competition and conflict within the syrian opposition. but on a number of issues, including the kind of post-assad future that the opposition is fighting for. we find significant convergence across different spectrums of the opposition that was evident in the work we did with them, it's evident in the work the group that the arab league has sponsored, and i think these are very promising sides because even the question of who will lead remains unsettled and even if that continues to be a source of some competition among the opposition, that there are significant elements on which they can agree and that t
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. ceradyne makes ceramic products used in the defense and auto industries. for instance, it makes lightweight armor for military helmets. conglomerate 3-m is the buyer. the price tag is about $860 million, including ceradyne's cash and short term investments. ceradyne shares will get $35 per share. the offer sent shares of ceradyne up 43.1 on heavy volume. the stock closed just shy of the buyout price. the buyer: 3m, moved 0.9% higher, closing about $1 below a 52 week high. just a month ago, 3-m scrapped plans to buy the officer and consumer products division of avery dennison. that deal died after the department of justice threatened to sue over anti-trust concerns. there's no deal for business software firm b.m.c., but it is looking for one. the stock rallied 3.3% today after the wall street journal reported the company has hired bank of america merrill lynch to drum up interest from a potential buyer. meantime, honeywell is making a play in the natural gas business, buying 70% of the privately held thomas russell company, an energy equipment supplier. honeywell shares rallied 1.8%, closing